Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mrs. C's Book Report: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

We're back with another book report, and this month it's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!



I was a Potter fan from the get-go. I loved the idea of Hogwarts and a sorting hat (Ravenclaw, of course!) and all the rest of the accoutrements that are a part of the series.

But I was a little disappointed with this installment of the series. I knew that it was a script and for that reason would not be "meaty" reading, despite the rather hefty price. I knew that we were fast-forwarding to Harry's adulthood. I knew how our characters paired off--Ginny and Harry, Ron and Hermione--and that they all supposedly lived happily ever after.

Which is nigh on impossible when you live with a sulky teenager.

And that, in a nutshell, is the book. Harry lives with a middle son who is a pain in the butt. Albus Severus (really? As if it isn't hard enough being Harry Potter's son) is moody and recalcitrant and probably depressed, and he gets sorted into Slytherin (like Harry almost did) and feels like he doesn't fit in with his famous family and so he's the rebel without a cause...until he finds one, which effs things up, big-time.

I'll be honest: this was not really what I wanted. I have taught enough 14-, 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds that if I never hear about a moody teenager again, I'll be cool with that. Yes, it's Harry Potter dealing with more magical issues, but as an adult, it's not as much fun. Adults want an escape and as any parent can tell you, there's no escaping a problematic teenager.

I give this book a C+, which is a gracious plenty.

10 comments:

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I was excited at first reading the first few pages. I liked the emotional angst that I think JK is so good at creating. It reminded me of reading the original series for the first time. I liked the unlikely friendship too. But then ... then it devolved into a time traveling tale. And isn't that a ho hum plot device? A cop out. And don't even get me started on what they did to Hermoine and Ron's characters! So disappointed after those first few hopeful pages!

Summer said...

I get what you mean... moody teenagers eh? Thanks for the review ♥


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Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Thank you, Kirby-wan. You know what a huge Harry fan I am and I have been on the fence about this book given all the same info you just listed. I'm sad that it didn't deliver and I'm glad I didn't buy it. I think I'd rather just keep Harry in my heart as he is.
I did buy the first book with the special illustrations, though. I probably won't buy the others, but it's beautifully done. Can't wait to see Fantastic Beasts. :)

Bliss said...

Wait... Harry has a family? I've missed a few books, and I didn't know this one existed, but I do have two Potter fans here whom I am sure would enlighten me if I asked.

Art and Sand said...

I've read all the books, but this one doesn't entice me at all.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So glad I didn't give in and buy the book for $24.95!! I was tempted but then decided to wait for paperback. Maybe I won't even read it then. Thanks for the review!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

My moody teen-ager read it in one day. She said she loved it... She would never let me think bad of Harry... she's loyal! I tried reading the first book... not my thing, but definitely hers. I'm just happy she loves to read👍

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

My moody teen-ager read it in one day. She said she loved it... She would never let me think bad of Harry... she's loyal! I tried reading the first book... not my thing, but definitely hers. I'm just happy she loves to read👍

andi filante said...

I've been a huge Harry fan from the get-go as well. My mom bought the first few books for me and I read them aloud to my kids (until they got too old for that crap). I have not read this one because of the fact it's a script. I tried reading the Casual Vacancy years ago and it bored me to tears and I had to quit. I'd love some real books from her with Harry as an adult.

-andi

karen@somewhatquirky said...

But I do love that word - recalcitrant. And would you believe I've never read a word of Harry Potter?

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